IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD (SEKAI NO KATASUMINI) (2016) by Sunao Katabuchi
“Still losing the most precious, our love will endure”
Japanese animation films have a special sensitivity to tell stories. Maybe that’s because the magic in its really painstaking figures, the slow rhythm that invites to enjoy the moment without the immediacy we live day a day, or because how easily reality becomes fantasy. But truth is that when you come in the cinema to enjoy one of these productions, you can be sure that all the emotions the movie brought you out will be hard to find in others.
In this case Mappa studios’ production leads us throungh Second World War from Suzu Urano’s eyes. Some really special eyes that look for beauty in everything that surrounds them as Suzu has been born with a gift for painting that, with her innocence, can turn a simple moment in something extraordinary, or make that the most cruel time acquires a magnificent beauty. And is the experimentation carried out with the lines what makes this a really overwhelming film. Drawn almost entirely with traditional lines and with soft colors, the style changes at times into a explostion of lights, brush strokes of bright colors or charcoal drawings that will remain in your memory due to their exquisiteness and originality.
I will highlight of the film, besides the aforementioned animation, the perspective with which events are narrated, based more on the daily lives of people than on trying to position you in one side or another.It just tries to portray the survival of people in situations filled with chaos and violence and how the simplest acts could be a real challenge for them.
But, precisely, as a result of the slow rhythm needed in a intímate film, the footage it’s quite long (exceeding two hours), which can be a negative aspect for some less patient viewers. Even so, I would still recommend it to them because this film seems to me a small jewel endowed with an extreme delicacy which deserves to be known and recognized by the public.
“In this corner of the world” is based on the manga “Kono Sekai no Katasumini” by Fumiyo Kono. With Sunao Katabuchi to the direction and the script, has been the winner of several awards, including the award for “Best Animation of the Year” by the Japanese Academy.
Traducido por: Irene Subiela.
Our rating: (4/5)